Friends, this post is a few years old, but it’s really speaking to my heart these days. I’ve struggled with some discouragement, and I’m reminding myself of hope and grace that exists in this moment. Will you join me?
The other evening, after tucking the boys into bed, Steve came downstairs and said, “I’ve just had the most surreal experience. I told David to lie down and kissed him goodnight, and as I looked at him, I saw a nine-year-old boy — no disability. Just David. It was like our souls had a connection.”
As soon as he described his interaction, the tears began to roll down my cheeks. I knew exactly what he meant — there are times, small moments, when I see beyond David’s disability and into his soul. And I see a little boy stuck in a body that won’t cooperate with him. I see him wanting to speak words and unable to get them out. I see him wanting to tell me something, to ask for something or to describe something, but there is a chasm between us, and it’s too wide to cross.
And sometimes in those moments I let myself dip my toe into the dark, scary pool of “what if?”
What if David hadn’t been born with a disability?
What if he had ten fingers?
What if he could munch on a hamburger and fries at McDonald’s and beg to play just one more game on the iPad?
What if he could imagine stories and tell me all about them and illustrate his ideas on leftover sheets of computer paper?
The truth about “what if?” is, it doesn’t exist.
The truth is, I will never know “what if?”
The truth is, David was born with a disability. He has seven fingers instead of ten, and he can’t speak words or express complex thoughts. He is a soul stuck in a broken body.
And the truth is, time spent thinking about “what if?” is time wasted.
Today I choose to focus on what is. Today is a new day with joy waiting to be discovered. Today is a new day with mercies waiting to be uncovered. Today I am grateful for what is. Grateful for a nine-year-old who is healthy and silly. A little boy who is curious and loves to explore and learn new things. Grateful for my sweet son who loves to cuddle and kiss and be tickled.
What is, is beautiful.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases. His mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning. Great is thy faithfulness, O Lord.